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Dundee United 2 - 4 Aberdeen

HT Score: Dundee United 1 - 3 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Dundee United scorers: Henderson, Thomson
Aberdeen scorers: Cheyne, Yorston 10, Love 30, Love.

23/11/1929 | KO:


The game at Tannadice was spoiled by the light, which became so bad that the referee, 15 minutes from the end, consulted his linesmen as to the advisability of carrying on. By this time the ball could hardly be seen, and play was somewhat farcical. As it happened, no goals were scored during this period, so that the result was not affected. Aberdeen played much the better football throughout, their half-backs, especially McLaren, and their wing men, Love and Smith, being outstanding. Dundee were best served by McHugh, Gardiner, Henderson and Thomson. Yorston, Love, and Cheyne scored for Aberdeen in the first half, while Henderson had a goal for Dundee. In the second half Thomson scored for the home team, but Love immediately restored his side's position.

Source: The Scotsman, 25th November 1929

As the result of a fine performance at Tannadice, where they defeated Dundee United by four goals to two, and the dropping of a point by Rangers to Clyde, Aberdeen resume the leadership of the First Division of the Scottish League. There were several notable performances.

The light failed so badly at Tannadice that ten minutes from the end the referee had a consultation with his linesmen as to whether the game should proceed. It was decided to carry on and in the closing minutes it was almost impossible to follow the play.
Aberdeen's victory of four goals to two was thoroughly deserved. Their forwards were in sparkling form especially in the first half when they moved at great speed and showed wonderful accuracy, both in passing and marksmanship. In the second half they slackened off somewhat and were more confined to defence, but when they attacked there was no falling off in effectiveness.
In the opening five minutes, the United had the better of the exchanges, and Thomson should have given them the lead when he completely missed the ball from a pass by Cameron. Subsequently, the Aberdeen attack got moving and McHugh knocked down a fierce shot by Love. Thomson had another chance for the United but shot weakly and Yuill easily cleared.

Aberdeen Take the Lead.

With ten minutes gone Aberdeen went on the lead, Cheyne slipping the ball through for Yorston to run through and beat the goalkeeper as he advanced to meet him.
After this success, the Aberdeen forwards harried the United defence. Smith shot wide and Yorston netted again only to be declared offside. The Pittodrie halfbacks and forwards continued to give an exhibition of fast and clever combination, and Love and Cheyne had great shots.
An aggressive movement by the United right brought a corner, and following the flag kick, a series of shots were blocked by Aberdeen defenders, and Yuill brought off a brilliant save off a great shot by Kay.
The Aberdeen forwards continued to force the game. McHugh pulled down a touch-line effort from Love, who later missed the mark with a lightning centre.
With half an hour gone, Aberdeen got a second goal. Love got possession from Cheyne, and shooting from twenty-five yards' range, netted with a lightning drive.

Rampant Forwards.

At this stage the United defence was overwhelmed. McHugh did well to save a great shot from Smith, who shortly afterwards again had the goalkeeper in action. A shot by Cheyne was deflected for a corner, and McHugh was in position to field a long drive by McLaren.
The United rallied for a time, and Yuill had to clear from G. Ross while Legge saved the situation later with a desperate tackle of Henderson. Aberdeen again took up the running, and after McHugh had saved a terrific shot by Smith, Cheyne left the goalkeeper helpless with a brilliant shot from fully twenty yards.
The Aberdeen forwards continued to play brilliantly, and Yorston just missed with a header from Smith's cross. Just on the interval, McLaren miskicked into corner and Cameron's flag kick was missed by Yuill, for Henderson to run in and head into the net. Aberdeen were easily worthy of their 3-1 lead at the interval.

Slow to Settle.

As in the first half, it took Aberdeen some time to settle down after the interval, and their defence was kept busy. Shots by Cameron, Kay, and Henderson were dealt with in confident style by Yuill. It took Aberdeen ten minutes to aim a shot at the home goal, and then McDermid sent over. Forcing play by McLaren gave Cheyne a chance, but he sent wide. McHugh fisted away from Smith, and Love, with only the goalkeeper in front, sent over from Smith's centre. United were full of fight, and after a claim for a penalty against Legge had been refused Thomson netted from Cameron's cross. Almost immediately Aberdeen replied with a fourth goal. Smith centred and Love and McHugh both rushed for the ball, and while they collided the ball rolled into the net.

Love Injured.

Both players were injured and required trainers' attention, Love being off the field for nearly ten minutes. While he was absent Aberdeen were hard pressed in defence. Yuill tipped over the bar from Henderson, and at the other end McHugh had a brilliant save from a header by McDermid.
With the light fading, it was difficult to follow the play. Yorston had a great run, and there was a claim for a penalty when he appeared to be brought down, but the referee did not see the incident. Later the Dundee 'keeper knocked down a great shot by Yorston, and was lucky not let his side further down when failed to hold a shot by Love, relief being obtained when an Aberdeen player was penalised for charging him.
In the closing minutes Aberdeen were kept on the defensive, but they always had the situation well in hand.

How Legge Played.

Aberdeen were much better in attack than in defence. Legge, who was introduced at left back, made a creditable first appearance, his kicking being clean and strong. McLaren was brilliant at centre-half, and did great work both in attack and defence. Hill was the best wing half-back on the field. All the Aberdeen forwards were on the top of their form, and there was not a weakling in the line.
In a moderate United team, the players who were seen to most advantage were McHugh, J. Ross, Gardiner, G. Ross, Henderson, and Cameron. There were about 12,000 spectators.

Source: Press & Journal, 25th November 1929

Dundee United Teamsheet
McHugh; J. Rose, Taylor; Dorward, Gardiner, Bain; Thomson, G. Rose, Henderson, Kay, Cameron
Attendance: 12,000
Venue: Tannadice Park, Dundee
Referee: W. Bell, Motherwell
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